Canada Geese are native to North America and can be found throughout Oakville. Once endangered, these birds have now become the most common waterfowl species in North America. If left unchecked, the goose population in Oakville could double in size every three years.
Aggressive geese should be avoided. Geese may be more aggressive during nesting season beginning in early April. When threatened, Canada Geese will stand erect, spread their wings, and make a hissing sound. Then, they will charge, bite, or attack with their wings.
Feeding Canada Geese and other waterfowl is prohibited in Oakville under By-law 2013-013. Negative impacts associated with feeding geese include:
Due to their large population, Canada Geese are often considered a nuisance in and around waterfront areas. Geese are attracted to mown lawns that stretch down to the water. You can deter Canada Geese from nesting and staying on your property by:
Town staff are employing an overall goose management program to control the population of resident geese. Egg removal, turf sweeping and habitat modification are other programs designed to deal with the overpopulation of Canada geese along Oakville's waterfront.
Operating under a permit from the Canadian Wildlife Service, town crews round up and relocate approximately 1,000 geese every June to a wildlife sanctuary.
The egg removal program is an annual program undertaken by the Parks and Open Space department. It concentrates on nests located along the Lake Ontario shoreline, in Oakville and Bronte Harbours, and along the Sixteen Mile, Fourteen Mile and Twelve Mile creeks and ponds. Egg removal encourages the geese to abandon their nesting sites in search of suitable habitats for moulting. The eggs are humanely disposed of as per guidelines from the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS).
While many nests are located on the shoreline and in our public spaces, geese can also nest on your property. If you have observed nests on your property in the past and would like to participate in the egg removal program, please contact ServiceOakville, and please note that the town requires permission to enter your property.